In a country where healthcare is very expensive, workers are hesitant to take sick leave or visit a doctor, and this could prove to be a major stumbling block in the United States’ quest to eradicate or at least minimise the spread of the Coronavirus.

As the Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, more and more companies are insisting that their employees work remotely.

Twitter has recently made it mandatory for their staff in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to stay away from the office.

The social media giants are also “strongly encouraging” all its 5000 global employees to work from home and are ‘suspending all non-critical business travel and events’ in an attempt to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

But while tech firms can generally allow their workers to operate remotely, a lot of companies require their staff to be hands-on.

Think for example of the average worker in a fast-food establishment, or many other service industries, where employees are often on minimum pay and without health insurance.

For those without medical insurance, the costs of visiting a doctor are prohibitive – roughly $100 – $200 for a basic consultation, which can quickly escalate once medication and any additional consultations, treatments or tests are required.

Some states provide regulations enforcing paid sick leave, but Federal regulations do not.

Therefore, many employees are wary of visiting the doctor in the first place.

Another issue is that the initial Coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of the common flu.

This means that people living on the breadline and on very tight budgets, won’t be rushing to see a doctor.

As a result, people who contract the virus could continue to go work and potentially infect co-workers and customers.

It’s a major threat which the authorities will need to deal with as the number of reported Coronavirus infections in America continues to rise.

According to a CNN report early on Tuesday morning, there have been six deaths in the country (all in Washington state), and 100 reported Coronavirus cases.

Below you can see how people feel about the sick leave issue.